Henry Urrutia raked in the Eastern League with the Double-A Bowie Baysox, hitting .365/.429/.536 with 7 home runs and 42 RBI in 52 games, and now he’s putting up big numbers in the International League with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, .365/.411/.481 with five RBI in 13 games.
Wednesday night, Urrutia extended his 9-game hitting streak with a five hit effort. He’s hitting .421 (16-for-38) with five RBI during that span.
Prior to Wednesday’s game in Baltimore, Chris Dickerson injured his left shoulder during batting practice leaving many wondering if Urrutia will be given a shot at the big league level should Dickerson land on the disabled list. That won’t be happening as Urrutia is listed as the Tides starter in left field in their Thursday afternoon matchup against Gwinnett.
Orioles GM Dan Duquette has been outspoken about Urrutia helping the Orioles at some point this season. He brought it up in a recent interview and told reporters that was his plan way back in Spring Training.
For now Urrutia is scheduled to start for the World Team in the Futures Game on Sunday. MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubatko says the Orioles “would like to showcase him.” Interesting.
Orioles DH’s have hit .201/.263/.396 this season in 308 plate appearances. As we watch Urrutia continue to dominate at Double-A and Triple-A, many are wondering why the Orioles are being so patient with him. It’s important to remember that prior to this season he had been out of baseball for two years after a failed defection from Cuba. Despite the O’s woes at DH, there really isn’t a need to rush this guy.
I’m as excited as anyone to see what he can do in the big leagues, especially with the successes of Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes. We’ll definitely see Urrutia this season and I’m certainly pulling for him, but he won’t be able to help solve the Orioles biggest concern: starting pitching.
— keithlaw (@keithlaw) July 11, 2013